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Mark Steyn

Toss Another Western Society on the Barbie?

Australia's population has just hit a new high of 24 million. But, as in Britain, Canada, France and elsewhere, the question is what's driving that population growth. Clarissa Bye reports in the Aussie Daily Telegraph that there are strange discrepancies between the robust fertility rates in certain parts of Sydney (Lakemba, at right) and the dearth of births in others (Surry Hills, Potts Point). As she notes, Lebanese- and Syrian-born residents have an average of four and 3.5 children ...

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Steyn on America

Notes After New Hampshire

On Friday evening I'll be starting my Australian tour by checking in with Chris Kenny on Sky News at 8pm Aussie Eastern Time. If you're in the vicinity of the receiving apparatus, I hope you'll dial us up. ~Long, long ago - August 12th last year, in fact - I wrote: The integrity of a nation's borders and the privilege of its citizenship is certainly a "truly conservative" principle. More practically for this election, it may be the one on which all the others depend... And, as Ann Coulter says ...

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Plaid About The Boy

Primary Morn in New Hampshire. Of the midnight votes, Kasich and Sanders took Dixville Notch and Hart's Location, but Millsfield went for Cruz (a stunning nine votes) and Clinton. Let us note that Mark Stewart Greenstein, who describes himself as "a liberty-oriented Democrat" from the Live Free Or Die Alliance, got two votes in Hart's Location, so he's currently tied with Rubio and Bush and he's got as many votes as Fiorina, Christie and Gilmore combined. We'll see if that holds up throughout ...

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Where The Bern Is

Aside from the Marco Rubot malfunction, the most dismal aspect of Saturday's Republican debate was the sight of supposed conservatives competing in their enthusiasm for making women sign up for "selective service". For non-Americans, I should explain that registering for "selective service" - as in military service - is something all young men have to do upon turning 18, so, in the event that the draft is ever reinstated, they'll have everybody's name in the big database. As with many aspects ...

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Sumner in Winter

On Friday I checked in with New England radio colossus Howie Carr to survey the political scene on the eve of the New Hampshire primary - with a brief detour into the strange wraith-like quality of Bill Clinton in his Iowa stage appearance, which led Howie and me to speculate on the increasing similarities between Bill and deposed CBS honcho Sumner Redstone...

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Mann vs Steyn

Football and Hockey

The Corner post that launched a lawsuit...

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Steyn on America

The March of Trump, and the Feel of Bern

As I was saying at the dawn of this day: 1) Trump; 2) Kasich; 3) Rubio; 4) Bush; 5) Cruz. Number One and Two were correct, and at this hour Numbers Three, Four and Five are all jostling together at 11 per cent, but with Cruz third and Rubio fifth. On the Democrat side I noted the midnight vote tallies from Dixville Notch, Hart's Location and Millsfield: Sanders 17 Clinton 9 And I suggested that that spread might "hold throughout the day". It pretty much did: Bernie 60 per cent, Hillary 38 per ...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

Ain't Misbehavin'

This essay is adapted from Mark's book, A Song For The Season:

I'm not, generally, a big fan of "black history" or "gay history" or most other forms of identity-group history. There is plain old history, which encompasses all of us however peripherally in its whims and cruelties, and, when one tries to narrow the focus to correct longstanding "marginalizations", one too often winds up not with scholarship but with smiley-face boosterism. All that said, let me make an exception to my general antipathy and mark February's "African-American History Month" festivities by noting a songwriter who, in his own way, is a part of both African and American history.

Andy Razaf was born Andreamenentania Razafinkeriefo, the great nephew of Queen Ranavalona III of Madagascar...

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Mark at the Movies

13 Hours

Michael (Transformers) Bay has now made two feature films about real-life military attacks on US sovereign territory - in 2001 Pearl Harbor, which was enough to have you rooting for the Japs, and now 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. Happily, the latter does not have much in common with the former, save for a reprise of what evidently Mr Bay regards as his signature - a rocket falling from the skies to its target, but shot from the rocket's point of view. If you object that a rocket is ...

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Steyn on Britain and Europe

No Man's Land

Further to my observations about civilizational suicide as a form of moral narcissism comes this stark statistic...

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